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rfOBBRTS, PRINTER, SIRMINOHAM
Board of Trustees,
His Excellency Wm. C. Oates, Governor,
Ex-Officio President of the Board.
Rt. Rev. H. M. Jackson, State-at-I^arge Montgomery
Rev. Geo. B. Eager, State-at-Large Montgomery
Hon. John Purifoy State Auditor
Hon. John O. Turner Sup't of Education
Hon. H. Austill : First District — Mobile
Hon. Sol D. Block Second District — Camden
Hon. a. H. Alston Third District — Clayton
Hon. Thomas S. Plowman Fourth District — Talladega
Hon. W. W. Wadsworth Fifth District — Wadsworth
Hon. F. S. Moody Sixth District — Tuscaloosa
Hon. W. R. Dortch Seventh District — Gadsden
Hon. Virgil Bouldin Eighth District — Scottsboro
Hon. John McQueen Ninth District — Birmingham
W. W. Wadsworth, Chairman.
T. S. Plowman, F, S, Moody,
' ' When the shadow of death was drawing over the great
Goethe, he uttered his last wish for 'more light.' We must
echo his cry if we would prepare our American system of
education for a more glorious destiny. We treat our children
too much as the unskilled gardener treats his plants. He
puts them by a window and pours over them a flood of light
and life-giving rays. Instinctively they turn out towards the
source of their strength. They put forth their leaves and
budding promises, and as we look at them from the outside
we mark their flourishing aspect and rejoice. But if we look
at the other side we shall find them neglected, deficient and
deformed. What they want is more light — light on the other
side. Were the sun always in the east, our trees would all
grow like those on the edge of the forest-^— one-sided. So in
education we must open new windows, or rather we must
level with the ground all artificial barriers and let every
luminous characteristic of modern life shine in upon our
school rooms. We must pay less heed to what the world was
two or three hundred 3'ears ago, and regard with greater re-
spect what the world is to-day. You know how often life is
a failure from defective education. Too often do we see
young people who might have been educated to eminent use-
fulness, cast "
' Unfinished into this breathing world, scarce half made up.'
This school was established by an act of the General As-
sembly of Alabama at the session of 1892 and 1893, by a reso-
lution introduced in the Senate of Alabama by Col. Sol D.
Bloch, of Camden, Wilcox County, ably seconded by the ef-
forts of Hon. Jno. McQueen in the House of Representatives,
and was located by the honorable Board of Trustees in the
town of Montevallo, Shelby County, on the first day of Jan-
uary, 1896, on which date the executive committee of the Board
of Trustees received from the citizens of Montevallo the grounds
and buildings donated by them, together with the sum of
$9,000 in money.
A faculty composed of trained and skillful teachers
whose every effort will be devoted to the instruction and ad-
vancement of the pupils committed to their charge, will be on
hand at the opening of this school.
Much care is being exercised in the selection of the
teachers in all the branches of this school, but more especially
are teachers of the Industrial features looked after. The
object of this school is to furnish a business education to young
women, and they will receive training here that can be had no
where else in the State. Having this end in view, the heads
of these different departments will be men and women who
are thoroughly competent, and who will give practical in-
Section 6 of the Act of the Legislature referred to defines
the purpose of this school, and is as follows:
"That the Board of Trustees shall possess all the power
necessary and proper for the accomplishment of the trust re-
posed in them, viz: The establishment and maintenance of
a first-class industrial .school for the education of white girls
in the State of Alabama in industrial and scientific branches,
at which said girls ma}^ acquire a thorough normal school
education, together with a knowledge of kindergarten instruc-
tion and music; also a knowledge of Telegraphy, Stenogra-
phy, Photography, Phonography, Type- writing. Printing,
Book-keeping, Indoor Carpentry, Electrical Construction, Clay-
Modeling, Architectural and Mechanical Drawing, Sewing,
Dressmaking, Millinery, Cooking, Laundering, House, Sign-
and Fresco Painting, Home Nursing, Plumbing, and such
other practical industries as from time to time to them may
be suggested by experience or tend to promote the general
object of said Girls' Industrial School, to-wit, fitting and pre-
paring girls for the practical industries of the age.
Montevallo (Mountain Valley), a beautiful and pic-
turesque village, is situated in Shelby County and is the exact
geographical centre of the State. A swift-running stream,
flowing immediately through the town makes a natural drain-
age, and the bold, gushing springs which burst from the rocky
cliffs, combine to make it the most healthful town in the
State. The towm was settled before the State was admitted
into the Union, and at one time came within one vote of being
selected as the place for the State Capital. It has been the
home in years gone by of man}' men prominent in the affairs
of our State.
The inhabitants of Montevallo are noted for their refine-
ment and culture. Simplicity characterizes their mode of
living, which combined with the high religious standard that
prevails, renders it a suitable home for the Girls' Industrial
School of Alabama.
Appreciating these advantages of location, the Board of
Trustees selected this as the ideal spot, far removed from the
contaminating and too often corrupting influences of our great
commercial marts, for this most important institution designed
to train not only the mind and heart but also the deft fingers
of the girls of Alabama. All praise to the noble representa-
tives of our State, who have so wisely and well thus taken
this great initial step in higher education, ennobling labor hy
combining it with intelligence and by lifting our sisters and
daughters up to a higher plane of independence.
Courses of Study.
1. The Normal Course, designed to prepare young
ladies for teaching.
2. The Business Course, to prepare them for the count-
ing room. This course includes practice in Bookkeeping,
Typewriting, and Stenography.
3. The Courses in Industrial Arts, to fit them for the
practical industries of the age. Among these arts we mention
Industrial and Mechanical Drawing, Modeling, Designing,
Oil Painting, and Telegraphy.
4. The Domestic Science Course, to equip a woman for
her place as the head of a household. This includes cooking,
sewing, cutting and fitting, and care the of the sick.
5. The College Course, designed to furnish the high-
est degree of literary attainments and scientific knowledge.
The General Assembly of Alabama in establishing this
school appropriated money to employ first-class teachers in
all its departments. The State intends this institution to be
good enough for any of its citizens and the expenses low
enough for all. To carry out this aim we submit prices that
have never before been made in first-class schools.
Eighty Dollars will pay the expenses for the entire
session. This includes tuition in all departments, board,
lights and fuel, laundry and medical attention, and use of all or-
dinary text books in the school. No incidentals will be charged
except a fee for the use of pianos and typewriters. Of this
amount it is best to bring $40.00 to pay the expenses for the
first half of the session, though the sum of $15.00 in cash
(and the balance paid monthly in advance) will insure En-
rollment AND ADMISSION. IT IS THE INTENTION OF THIS
SCHOOL TO OFFER ITS ADVANTAGES AT THESE LOW PRICES
TO A CERTAIN NUMBER IN EACH COUNTY IN THE StATE, AND
PUPILS DESIRING THE BENEFITS OF THIS OFFER SHOULD
MAKE APPLICATION WITHOUT DELAY. CopieS of prOSpectUS
will be placed in hands of Probate Judges, County Commis-
sioners, Senators, and Representatives of each county, who
are requested to interest themselves.
The pupils, as at the Normal Schools, will be boarded in
the best private families, but will be under the constant care
of the President and Faculty. They will not be allowed to
receive attention from young men at any time.
The students are required to bring no text books. The
institution will furnish these, for the use of which a small fee
is charged. This fee is included in the total expenses named.
The books are to be returned to the school in good order at
the close of the session or paid for.
Articles to be Furnished by the Students,
Each student must bring with her two pairs of sheets,
one pair of pillow cases, one pair of blankets, one bed spread,
six towels, comb and brush, a good pair of rubber over-shoes,
and a gossamer.
The Dress Uniform for fall and winter shall be of dark,
navy blue cashmere, trimmed with same material and plainly
made. An Oxford Cap of the same material shall be worn.
The Dress Uniform is for public occasions. For every day
wear any ordinary dress may be used. No extravagance of
dress shall be permitted. Where it is not convenient for an}-
parent to provide this uniform at home, the goods may be
bought in Montevallo at a very low price and the uniform
cut, fitted, and made by the girl under the direction and super-
vision of the skilled dress-maker in charge of that department,
thus giving the pupil a useful lesson in domestic economy
while learning the art of dress-making. The gossamer and
other articles of clothing can also be supplied here at a very
small cost. Prices on any of these articles can be furnished
Instructions to Applicants,
It is very important that those who propose to enter this
school should communicate immediately with the President
so that proper arrangements may be made for their accommo-
dation. Not more than two hundred pupils can be comforta-
bly provided for this session; therefore, those washing to
enroll must send their applications at once that they may be
placed on file in the President's office.
The school will open on Monday, October 12, and it is
earnestly requested that pupils come to Montevallo as early as
convenient the previous week. In this case they can be
comfortably quartered in their boarding houses before the
opening of school, and be ready for classification on the first
da}'. This is important.
How to Reach Montevallo,
Pupils living in the southwestern portion of the State de-
siring to come to Montevallo can come up the Mobile & Bir-
mingham Road to Selma and thence to Montevallo, which is
only fifty-five miles north of Selma. Tho.se living in the
southeastern portion may come to Montgomery, thence to
Calera and there take the Southern Railway and come to
Montevallo, which is only seven miles southwest of Calera.
Those desiring to come from the northeastern part of the State
can take the Southern Railway and come direct to town. If
on the Alabama Great Southern Railroad, come to Birming-
ham and there take the Southern, which comes direct to
Montevallo. I^ikewise, parties in the northwe.stern part of
the State can come to Birmingham and thence direct to this
place over the Southern Railway.
Calendar for 1896^97.
Session begins October 12, 1896. First Term ends Jan-
uary 22, 1897; second Term begins January 23, 1897; Com-
mencement Day May 27, 1897.
For further information address the undersigned,
H. C. Reynolds,
By great sacrifice and earnest effort the citizens of Monte-
vallo finally secured the permanent location of this highly
As another step toward the accomplishment of the object
of this institution, seeing the dormitory buildings could not
be prepared in time to accommodate the pupils, the citizens
decided to open their homes for the accommodation of pupils
at one uniform price for board, viz: eight dollars per month.
I would suggest to those thus kindly and cheaply entertained,
that they will be expected to do their share towards lessening
the labor in the household by caring for and keeping their
own rooms in a state of order and neatness that will command
the respect of those with whom they are to dwell.
Parents are invited to visit the school at any time and
see for themselves its work.
All communications should be addressed to the President.